– Home on the Job: Telecommuting in the Alberta Government –
As the manager, you are responsible for evaluating the proposal, and then
setting up an agreement that works for all parties. Typically, this will be your role:
- Review the proposal. As the manager, you are responsible for the
effectiveness of your area. Not all jobs and/or people are suitable for a telecommuting
arrangement. The approval process requires specific focus on three dimensions: the work,
the employee, and the home workspace.
- Review the Telecommuting
Guidelines--they provide basic eligibility and approval criteria, including legal
and safety issues.
- Discuss the proposal with the employee. Raise any questions or concerns
you have, and give your employee the opportunity to address any issues.
- Discuss the proposal with all your staff. Make sure they have the
opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings about how it will affect the team and
how the work can be managed. Answer any questions they might have about telecommuting in
general--one proposal may lead to interest from other staff members.
- Make the initial decision on the feasibility of a telecommuting
arrangement, and work with all parties necessary to finalize an arrangement (human
resources office, union for bargaining unit employees, department head). A written
telecommuting agreement clarifies understandings and expectations, and records the
agreement of all parties. Refer to the Telecommuting
Agreement--it can serve as a template and be tailored to meet your specific
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Last Review / Update: 2013-06-03